The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


The process of European integration has been hailed as 'the most ambitious and most successful example of peaceful international cooperation in world history' (Andrew Moravcsik). In this course students are introduced to the study of this process and its result, the European Union, through different disciplinary lenses. For example, the common European currency, the Euro, and the project of a Europe without boundaries (the Schengen area) are addressed not just in terms of history, economics and law but also in relation to their sociological implications for European identity and for member-states' sovereignty. We will also examine the EU's official rhetoric as a global player on the world stage ('soft power Europe') against its accomplishments to date, using an International Relations perspective. Studying the EU's contemporary challenges against the background of European integration history, students will also be encouraged to contemplate its future in the light of present crises.


Not currently offered.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): HIST3730. Students who have successfully completed HIST3730 are not eligible to enrol in HIST2735.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a broad historical understanding of the major institutions of the European Union and issues confronting its formation and development;

2. Distil and synthesise from relatively complex bodies of literature material relevant to specific questions;

3. Present distinctive interpretations in the form of argument;

4. Sustain a high standard of critical analysis;

5. Communicate orally at undergraduate level in a large discussion group;

6. Demonstrate advanced research and writing skills.


Topics are likely to include.

  • Introduction to European Integration
  • Architects of Integration
  • From Coal and Steel: Post-World War II Europe
  • From Rome to Maastricht: 1957-1992
  • How Does the European Union Work?
  • The Euro, Money and Markets
  • Enlargement and Diversity
  • Green issues and Farming: Agriculture and the Environment
  • A Constitution for the EU?
  • The EU's External Relations
  • Australia and the European Union
  • Citizenship, Migration and Asylum
  • Unity in Vision and Reality: Europe's Regions, Regionalism, and Nationalism


This course replaces HIST3730. If you have successfully completed HIST3730 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent e.g Politics

Assessment items

Essay: Major essay

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial paper

In Term Test: Formal exam or class test

Participation: Class participation